Organic Apple Picking near Montreal
Last year, I spent hours searching online for an orchard near Montreal where we could pick organic apples. It wasn’t an easy task. That is until I was referred to Île Saint-Bernard by another local mom. Everything that I was looking for – organic apple picking near Montreal (45 minute drive or less) and kids’ activities – did exist, with even more than I could ask for.
This chemical-free orchard is certified by Ecocert Canada and knowing how apples rank on the dirty dozen list, and how many bags of apples we typically bring home, I wanted to minimize the pesticides we’d be picking. Not to mention, all of the sampling that takes place out in the orchard! There are over 1000 trees with 15+ varieties of apples including: Honey Crisp Liberty, Lobo, Cortland, Macintosh and more. Last year, we actually discovered a few new delicious varieties too.
For the Kids
While this year’s programming for children has yet to be announced, on our visit last year, the children were greeted with a tractor ride. It was a short journey but a great start. There were games and cut outs for photo opportunities and an artisan market with many delicious treats. No, it doesn’t compare to the amazing activities at Quinn Farm but my pumpkins don’t have to be organic so we’ll save that trip for October…
About the Island
Aside from the apple picking, Île Saint Bernard is a little piece of paradise just outside the city. Most apple orchards are located on farmland but this one is absolutely picturesque, lying on the banks of Lac Saint-Louis. There is a quaint café and restaurant, picnic tables, hiking trails, boat tours and much more. It’s a great place to spend a day out in nature.
When to Go
Located off the island on Châteauguay, the catch with this organic orchard is that it’s only open for a few weeks of the year. The 2018 season begins on the weekend of September 22 and will last for about two short weeks, or until all the apples are gone. Last year, we waited until the final weekend to make the trip and some of the trees had already been thoroughly picked so I highly suggest planning to be there for opening weekend.